You quote from C.S. Lewis often. Do you always agree with him?

Question from a reader:

You quote from C.S. Lewis in your books often. I like Lewis too, but now I'm hearing that he's not biblical. I recently watched an online video that said he was a universalist. What do you think?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

There are any number of areas in which I disagree with C. S. Lewis, but the quotes from him I put in my books are very insightful observations in which I do agree with him. I respect and quote from Martin Luther even though he was anti-semitic, and I deeply disagree with his view of Jewish people.

To be influenced by someone does not require that we endorse him in all areas. However, there is also much inaccurate criticism of Lewis. For instance, the video you mentioned claims he was a universalist. Simply false. A universalist believes everyone will be saved and go to Heaven. But Lewis emphatically believed some people would go to hell for eternity, not Heaven, and he said so clearly.

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries